Jan 7, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; General view of a Cincinnati Bengals helmet on the field during the AFC Wild Card Playoff game against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports
It appears as though after Andrew Whitworth didn’t practice again today, the Bengals are now fully prepared to start Anthony Collins this week, and he’s been preparing for this exact scenario:
"Backup left tackle Anthony Collins isn’t saying if he’ll play in place of Andrew Whitworth (knee), but before Thursday’s practice he said he’s preparing like he is. In preparation for a joust with Hall of Fame pass rusher Julius Peppers, Collins said he improved over the offseason watching tape with Whitworth.Head coach Marvin Lewis likes his players to at least practice twice the week of a game, so that would take out Whitworth. After not participating Wednesday, he warmed up in the Thursday team stretch without a jersey."
Whitworth has now missed the entire week of pre-Chicago Bears practices, meaning he’s been unofficially ruled out of Sunday’s matchup. Anthony Collins will start in his place, and I’d watch-out for some formations with Dennis Roland utilized in a blocking tight end role in order to help double-team Bears defensive end Julius Peppers.
Also not working today were cornerback Brandon Ghee (concussion) and offensive lineman Mike Pollak (knee). Both players missed practice Wednesday too, so that likely means they’ll be out Sunday, leaving the Bengals with only 50 healthy bodies to pick from when determining who will compromise the first 46-man gameday roster of the 2013 season.